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Police officer smokes cigarette while shooting man in public for raping and killing 3-year-old girl

By Mason White 4:43 PM August 2, 2017
Muhammad al-Maghrabi executed in public
Muhammad al-Maghrabi executed in public
By: Emily Lewis

Thousands of people gathered in the streets of Yemen, to witness the first public execution ceremony in years.

Sanaa police said that they have arrested 41-year-old Muhammad al-Maghrabi, after being accused of raping and killing 3-year-old Rana al-Matari.

Muhammad was later convicted of rape and murder. He was sentenced to death with the option of being forgiven by the girl’s family members.

However, the girl’s father, Yahya al-Matari, refused to forgive Muhammad, and gave the green light to go forward with the execution.

On Monday, Muhammad was brought to the Tahrir Square, where thousands of men and boys gathered to witness the public spectacle.

The public execution was broadcast on live TV as well.

When Muhammad exited the police vehicle, the crowd chanted “allahu akbar.” A police officer placed Muhammad on the ground and ordered him to lie on his stomach.

The police officer then lit a cigarette and began smoking. He then pointed his machine gun at Muhammad, and fire four shots, killing him.

People started storming the platform in order to grab Muhammad’s body, but police managed to control the crowd.

Yahya al-Matari said that this was the best day of his life since the death of his daughter.